Blue Ribbon Brasserie is an obligatory stop for food connoisseurs in the city. While the wildly popular restaurant now has several locations, the flagship location will always hold a special place in New Yorkers' hearts, particularly fans of the late-night dining scene. Blue Ribbon Brasserie welcomes diners until the early hours of the morning, creating a warm and welcoming ambience with low lighting and details like velvet upholstery. Sample the best comfort food you've ever eaten, savor remarkably fresh seafood, and enjoy classic mains like the hangar steak with wild mushrooms or roasted duck club. There's something to be said for American dishes done right at Blue Ribbon Brasserie.
In 1986, sibling owners Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze opened Le Bernardin in New York after finding phenomenal success with their flagship restaurant in Paris, established in 1972. The duo won numerous accolades at the helm of this culinary destination, and it has continued to thrive under Chef Éric Ripert, named executive chef in 1994. Seafood has been the inspiration behind the menu at Le Bernardin since its conception. The tasting menu takes diners through courses filled with delicacies like Osetra caviar, Dungeness crab, Lobster Tail, and Black Bass. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from the lounge if they wish to do so.
For more than a 100 years, this huge cafeteria-style Jewish deli has been delighting New Yorkers with their pastrami and brisket sandwiches alongside their scrumptious "kosher-style" meals. The humble eatery, with Formica tables lined up in rows, may not be the ideal place to take a date (unless you want to remind him or her of eating in a school lunchroom), but if you are craving a giant sandwich served with perfect pickles or a couple of kosher hot dogs, there is perhaps no better place than Katz's in the city. There is table service, but most people take a ticket at the door and give it to the counterman when placing their order; they then pay on the way out.
Located near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the now legendary Grimaldi's offers excellent pizzas. Cooked in a brick oven, the crusts emerge crispy and pleasantly charred. The toppings always consist of only the freshest ingredients, including their delectable sausage, vegetables and mozzarella cheese. No reservations are taken, so be prepared to wait outside along with hordes of faithful customers, who consider this to be the best pizza in New York City.
Headed up by renowned chef April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig's menu of English-inspired gastropub fare is worth seeking out. Take a seat in the cozy dining room, decorated with mismatched bar stools and pig-themed art. The most popular item on the menu is the burger - thick, juicy, perfectly cooked, and served with a side of shoestring fries, it's a must-try. If you're in the mood for something lighter, try the apple salad with walnuts and cheddar.
Masa, located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is a thoroughly unique dining experience. There are no windows. There is no menu. You order a specialty cocktail made with top-shelf ingredients, then Chef Masa Takayama, just inches away, goes to work on a three-hour multi-course meal of the most mouthwatering, heart-melting sushi. But the fact that Masa is one of a microscopic few non-French establishments to be awarded The New York Times' coveted four star honors is evidence that being at the chef's mercy can only be a great thing. A step into Bar Masa next door is also worthwhile.
Dairy Queen is a popular chain known for their soft serve ice creams. This Jersey City location, nestled in the heart of the city, does not limit itself to serving sweet-filled cones, but also offers satisfying meal options. Their array of soft serves, ranging across chocolate, candy and fruit-filled ones, are sure to please any lover of sweets. Dairy Queen even provides a fixed meal for USD5; choose from burger, chilli cheese dog or chicken strip to accompany french fries, soft drink and a soft serve. This outlet also has an Orange Julius stall, serving fresh fruit juices.
Savor over 104 varieties of dosas at the Sri Ganesh's Dosa House located on the 809 Newark Avenue. It is an Indian restaurant that serves only vegetarian delights. The menu features South Indian dishes like Dosa, Idli, Utampam, Pondichery masala dosa, which are served with appropriate accompaniments like sambhar and coconut chutney. Not in the mood for dosa, opt for the Thali, a traditional large plate, or chole bhature. The prices are very reasonable and the food is of high quality. Let your cravings for Indian delicacies be satiate here.
If you are craving for authentic Indian cuisine, Rasoi is the place to be. The restaurant serves most delectable Indian dishes and specialty being the Garlic Nan, chicken Tikka Masala, Samosa Choley and Lassi. If not in the mood to visit the restaurant, relish their food by online ordering, take-out or delivery. Check the website for more details.
Located in a cultural and entertainment hub, PJ Ryan's Squared is a wonderful new addition to its history. With a decor that will remind you of the charm of an Irish Pub, it is a good place for lovers of sports, live music, and good food. An intimate stage for dancing and the U-shaped bar are both bathed in light by 2320 LED bulbs. Sports fan will love the 23 TVs hanging throughout the venue. Irish-American bar bites such as shepherd's pie and fish and chips feature alongside chicken wings and burgers on the food menu, while the drinks one features 30 beers with 18 on tap, 40 whiskeys, and some alcohol-free options.
This restaurant caters the egg-lovers. A specialty restaurant, Eggomania, serves only eggs delicacies in traditional Indian style. The idea being that egg plays an important role in the nutritional supplement. In terms of cuisine, the menu spans quite a few from Indian innovative recipes that are worth-trying, namely, Volcano Biryani, Surti Gotala and Egg Paplet. People who don't really enjoy eggs can savor few paneer servings on offer. Check website for more information.
Starting out during World War II from Maximo Gimenez's home where he invited his fellow G.I.s to drop in for lunch, Max's has now become a worldwide chain of restaurants. The recipe for the famous fried chicken served here was, in fact, conceptualized by Max's daughter Ruby and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Max's has more than 10 branches in America of which the branch in Jersey City is one. The restaurant is known for its authentic Filipino dishes, platters, combos and, of course, their fried chicken.